IHCC baseball dominates All-Region team
Indian Hills Community College had 13 players named to the All-Region baseball teams announced by the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference.
The Falcons had four first-team selections, six players on the second team and three honorable mention choices.
Of the four first-team picks this year, three of them â?? outfielder Joel Booker (Columbus, N.C.) and infielders Dario Polanco (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) and Junior Santos (Lynn, Mass.) â?? moved up from the second team spots they held last year.
The other 2014 first-teamer is freshman first baseman Mitch Langer (Fountain, Col.).
Named to the second team from IHCC were outfielders Edgar Lebron (Richmond Hill, N.Y.) and Caleb Ratzman (Winneconne, Wis.) and pitcher Jose Marin (Centerville, Ia.), all sophomores, along with freshman pitcher Nick Green (Fountain, Col.), freshman catcher/third baseman Paolo Montezuma (Caracas, Venezuela) and freshman catcher/first baseman Jake Lewis (Council Bluffs, Ia.).
A pair of sophs, catcher Luis Estevez (Corona, N.Y.) and pitcher Derek Kawlewski (Stevens Point, Wis.), and freshman pitcher Cody Hinson (Taylor Ridge, Ill.) were the Falconsâ?? honorable mention picks.
Booker had a tremendous season, raising his offensive numbers in every category.
He hit .403 with nine homers and 61 RBIs.
The University of Iowa-signee also scored 58 runs, had 75 hits (14 doubles and seven triples to go along with his nine HRs), stole 24 bases in 26 attempts and struck out only 14 times in 186 at-bats.
Polanco and Santos solidified the middle infield for the past two years and were very productive offensively both seasons.
Polanco had a .361 batting average with 12 doubles, five triples and four homers while scoring 48 runs; Santos had 18 doubles and four homers among his 64 hits, scored 52 runs and led the region in steals with 38 in 43 tries.
Langer enjoyed a solid freshman campaign, slugging a team-high 10 home runs with 39 RBIs while hitting .355.
The Falcons finished the 2014 spring season with a 38-17 record and earned the top seed for the postseason Region 11 tournament.